ubsound `Orchestra` in ears review - expatinjapan
Head Pie 10:03 AM
ubsound Orchestra review
What you get in the box.
Specs and information from the ubsound website:
`Premium HD ergonomic in-ear earphones for smartphones, tablets, MP3 players, DAP, DAC, portable gaming consoles, computers and any audio device with a standard 3,5mm jack.
Maximum sound isolation and high quality performance playback.
Microphone for hands free calls with a single button to answer and hang up which can also be used to play and pause music.
Fully ergonomic design with “around the ear” wearability.
1.2m tangle free wire.
High tech, lightweight, professional quality materials for maximum fidelity sound in any condition.
Full and round Bass.
Rich and warm Mids.
Clear and melodic Highs.
3 pairs of eartips included: S, M, L size.
Velvet pouch included.
User guide included.
High performance 10mm independent dynamic drivers HD.
Frequency response: 15-21.000Hz.
Maximum distortion <0.2%.`
At $24 on Amazon USA store one can not complain.
They are low priced, budget earphones with an over the ear design.
One 10mm driver in each piece.
At this price they are affordable for most people I would imagine.
They sound quite acceptable for the price.
Of course when buying a $24 earphone do not expect $200 or more results, generally.
They are light and comfortable.
Appealing for those who like a warm, or bassy earphone (I veer towards the more neutral signature).
The ubsound Orchestra is a simple design.
As usual in all fairness to both sides of the burn in camp I got 100 hours on them before entering into my review.
I used the Shozy Alien Gold and the ipod touch 5G as testing DAPs (both have a low output impedance so I could get a true sound signature result).
App: Flacplayer app by Dan Leehr.
As I imagine these earphones would be most likely to be picked up by budget conscious smart phone users who like a bassy or warm experience.
ipod touch 5G.
It is tight and punchy in the lows, the bass can be a bit too strong for me at times.
The sound stage is on the small side.
Instrument separation appears quite adequate when listening to The Cure `Saturday night` but is average at other times.
Height and width is from small to medium.
Massive Attack seems to sound quite good (Mezzanine` album).
As usual with earphones in the lower price range distortion is lower at low volumes, but an imagined better soundstage can increase with more volume, as well as distortion or congestion.
With the Shozy Alien Gold I found it to be also darker on the lower end.
There was more clarity and the overall performance was better due to the SHOZY Alien Gold being the better player of the two.
Mazzy Star sounds good apart from a bassy bloom.
The Smiths comes across well due to the lack of strong bass, but suffers due to the narrow sound stage.
Lana Del rey also sounds ok, but a of a bass and mids smudge here and there.
Cowboy Junkies `sweet jane` sounds sweet.
The ubsound Orchestra is a $24 earphone that performs within its price range.
It can be quite pleasant at times, on other occasions it can find its handling of the music a bit of a chore. The Orchestra prefers slower music, female vocals work well.
The step down from say my Campfire Audio-Andromeda IEMs was a bit of shock, but after a period of adjustment I got used to the Orchestra and could see the good points for someone purchasing within this price point. With that said I did start to enjoy these the more i listened to them and adjust to sound, the bass which boomed or bloomed at times was the main feature I could not get used to.
I expect these would be good for someone on a noisy daily commute as the outside noise tends to drown out the bass/lows especially.
The fit is comfortable and light.
These would great at the gym, or for running etc.
I tried swapping tips but did not notice much difference. JVC Spiral tips and Ortofon.
For the casual listener the ubsound orchestra would be well received, for spoiled audio buffs such as myself with all manner of in ears, daps and what not - these earphones are not on the performance level (or price point) I usually listen to.
I also prefer a more neutral, uncolored sound - so these earphones could well appeal to bass heads.
ubsound Orchestra - a well made, comfortable, inexpensive earphone, with an average sound quality that veers towards the warm or darker side. Good for casual users.
Thank you to ubsound for sending us the Orchestra for review